Our first official look at the costume design for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four has arrived! Collider debuted the above image (which you can click on for a larger version), showing off star Michael B. Jordan in the outfit he’ll be wearing as Johnny Storm. Although the look may not be the blue unstable molecule jumpsuit that fans are familiar with, director John Trank tells the outlet that that’s because he’s going for “a hard sci-fi take” that will “fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control”.
Set to hit theaters on August 7, The Fantastic Four will offer a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
In addition to offering a heavy science fiction tone, the film will, according to writer and producer Simon Kinberg, explore the idea of a superhero family.
“Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group,” says Kinberg, who also confirms that the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics are serving as the film’s primary influence. “But they’re never really exploring what it is to be family… That’s something we really spent a long time talking about and putting into the film. I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there.”
Jordan joins Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Miles Teller as Marvel’s First Family with Toby Kebbell set to play Dr. Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man. The first trailer for The Fantastic Four is expected to debut before the studio’s Kingsman: The Secret Service when it hits theaters February 13.